Sundays, 8 & 10 am
Coffee Hour fellowship follows both services;
join us for treats, and conversation.
Clergy & Staff
, Parish Administrator
Tracy Higgins, Warden
Steve Brooks, Warden (1/21)
Cate Williams, Treasurer
Amy Koegel, Judy Thornton, Sally Van Vranken
(1/22) Heather Horeled, Lorraine Taylor
The next CRYSTAL LAKE FOOD PANTRY volunteer opportunity is Friday, November 8. Shift times are 8:30-11:30 a.m., or 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. Contact Cate Williams if you can help.
A FREE COMMUNITY MEAL
is offered at St. Mary's on the third Saturday of every month. The meal is served from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., and ALL are welcome. There is no RSVP required. Free will donations will be accepted. Please watch the newsletter and website for the menu, which will be published a week or two before the event. The next Community Meal is Saturday, November 16.
We Pray For
Cindy, John, Glenice, John, Amalia, Elmer, Harry, Shirley, Cate, Amy, Gladys, El, Carol, Lorraine, Steve, Margaret, Judy,
John, Matthew, and Elizabeth, Galen & Betsy, and all those seeking employment
Neil and Des, Shannon and family, Sarah Margaret, Rick, Sylvia, Jess, Betty and Del, Elyse and Chris, Al and Karen, Peggy, Denise, Gabriel, Rev. Bill Beachy, Mark, Joanne, Lauren,
Lynn, Rachel, Maria,
Saul, Susan, Brian, Mark,
Pat, Billy, Gary, Kevin,
Kelly, Carole, Kurt, Gail, Regina, Sue, Maggie, Nicci,
Birthdays Oct. 31 - Nov. 6
11.5 Peter Carroll
11.6 Gail Head
October 31-November 6
11.3 Elmer & Roseann
If you would like your name added to the birthday / anniversary list, please contact
in the Parish Office.
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Mary's,
This Sunday we will be celebrating the
Feast of All Saints'
. This service is an important tradition here at St. Mary's and it is a major feast day in the life of the church. It is a celebration of Resurrection as we remember all the Saints of the Church and all of our loved ones, friends, family members and neighbors who have entered into eternal life. Following the 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., services we will be going out to the Churchyard to read the names of all those who are buried in this sacred space. At the 10:00 a.m. service the choir will be leading us in special music and hymns for this occasion. We are blessed to have organist Marsha Webster with us this Sunday. Marsha has over thirty years of experience playing the organ in churches and directing church choirs. Our neighbor, Kurt Majzner, will be playing the bagpipes and leading us out to the Churchyard. Following the service all are welcome to a festive coffee hour hosted by Claudia and Steve Siler, and Lorraine Taylor. Please join us for this celebration.
Our 2020 pledge campaign is well underway and I thank those of you who have already turned in your pledge cards. We are asking that pledges be turned in by
Sunday November 24, when we will be celebrating Thanksgiving with one 9:00 a.m.
service and a pot luck brunch in the Great Hall. Please sign up to bring a dish to share; the sign-up sheet is in the Great Hall. Let us gather to give thanks for all the blessings of this parish and of this life.
From November 1 through November 30
you can do your Christmas shopping online with Thirty One and
20% of the total cost will go directly to St. Mary's. Click here
and start shopping. If you don't want to shop online, Fran has catalogues available that you can look at during Coffee Hour. This is a fund raiser for St. Mary's thanks to our neighbor Claudia Majzner, who sells Thirty One products.
TIME CHANGE THIS WEEKEND
Don't forget the time change this weekend!! Set your clocks BACK
1 HOUR before bed on Saturday.
ReVive Center for Housing and Healing Christmas Basket Program
St. Mary's is once again participating in the ReVive Center's Christmas Basket Program. This is a wonderful opportunity for members of our Parish to purchase Jewel gift cards or shop for individual Christmas gifts for some of the most impoverished families of our metropolitan area. This year we have been asked to sponsor 8 families; a total of 28 individuals.
Please see the display in the Great Hall for complete details, and to sign up to purchase gifts or gift cards. All gifts and gift cards are to be brought to St. Mary's by Sunday, December 1.
Please contact me if you have any questions.
Thank you to everyone for continuing to make this fun outreach ministry so meaningful and successful!
2019 Christmas Basket Ministry Coordinator
Upcoming Concert Opportunities:
Sunday, November 3, 2019
Voices in Harmony
: This local community choir will be performing at
4:00 p.m. at the First Congregational Church
; 461 Pierson St., Crystal Lake.
Catherine and Peter Carroll
, are members of this choir, and
Peter is the featured soloist
in the major piece of this performance. Don't miss it!!
Tickets for the One Voice: For Peace concert are available online here, or by calling 815-356-7464. Prices are $20 adult / $15 senior. More information can be found on the bulletin board in the office hallway.
Historic Organ Concert: Holy Communion Episcopal Church
in Lake Geneva, will be presenting an award concert at
, followed by a reception. Tickets are $15/concert, or $35/concert and dinner. Ticket order forms and complete concert information are available on the bulletin board in the office hallway.
Leaf Raking Service Project
Do you know someone that needs help with their Fall leaf raking? The National Honor Society at Crystal Lake Central High School can help!! Contact the Crystal Lake Central NHS here.
Crystal Lake Food Pantry
The next food pantry volunteer
Friday, November 8
. Shift times are 8:30-11:30 a.m., or 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Contact Cate Williams if you can help.
Donations of paper goods are greatly needed at the Crystal Lake Food Pantry.
The pantry is not able to buy paper goods through the food bank
, and clients are not able to use their SNAP benefits to purchase any paper goods such as
. Bring them to the church any time, and your Board members will get them over to the pantry.
Paper goods are items that are lightweight, easy to carry and low cost that can be donated and will be appreciated by the clients
. Thank you!!
Save the Date!!!
Sunday December 8
11:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Advent is coming
and so is St. Nicholas!
You won't want to miss the
Intergenerational St. Nicholas festival at St. Mary's!
Come meet a special visitor, Make Christmas crafts, share homemade cookies and have a great lunch.
This event is for
all ages! Invite friends, neighbors, bring your children and grandchildren,
and young-at-heart adults.
29th Annual Community Harvest
The Crystal Lake Community Harvest combines the efforts of the Crystal Lake Chamber and the Crystal Lake Food Pantry to collect food and funds throughout the Fall to be distributed to local families during the winter months.
Grocery bags can be found in the Narthex, with a list attached of needed items.
Please take a bag, fill it with your donations, and return it to church on Sunday, November 24th.
checks may be made payable to the
Crystal Lake Food Pantry
, with notation "
All donations will be blessed and then taken to the Food Pantry.
Thanksgiving morning, November 28, 8:00-10:00 a.m., volunteers will help organize the donations
. If you would like to volunteer, sign-up here.
Please help the pantry reach it's 2019 goal of 75,000 pounds of food, and $75.000. No donation is too small. Thank you!!
November Community Meal
Please join us this
Saturday, November 16
the date of our next
Meals are served between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Remember, this meal is open to anyone, and no RSVP is required. There is no charge for the meal, but free-will donations are appreciated. Bring your family and friends! If you would like to volunteer at future meals, please contact Tracy Higgins.
Salad, Southwest Chicken Chili,
Homemade Cornbread, Dessert
15th Annual Free
Thursday, November 28
Our friends at St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Barrington, are once again hosting a Free Thanksgiving Dinner, open to anyone. There will be plenty of food, music, entertainment and fellowship for the entire family. If you are interested, please call the office so they can be prepared with enough treats for everyone!
St. Michael's Episcopal Church
647 Dundee Ave. Barrington, Il